It seems like every post-season, there's one player about whom I get inexplicably obsessed with. I have dubbed this the "Brandon Inge Effect," for the completely unreasonable fascination I developed with him in '06. Last year it was Troy Tulowitzki (pretty much just because his name is both fun to say AND write).
This year, the winner is Phillies pitcher Brett Myers.
I honestly think that this newest baseball crush of mine was a season in the making. First off, there was the elaborate Spring Training Kyle Kendrick prank that Myers set in motion, and let's face it.....I do love a great evil mastermind. Then later in the season, Myers got sent down to pitch for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, which caused a lot of ESPN analysts and the ESPN Baseball Today podcast guys to say "Lehigh Valley IronPigs" a LOT. And every time someone says "Lehigh Valley IronPigs," I laugh.
But this past week's performance from Brett Myers was just the final straw. Pitchers who can hit earn triple extra bonus points in my universe. Going 3-for-3 in a playoff game was unreal.
And just like that, I'd be a lot less disappointed if the Phillies make the Series. But only if Brett Myers can pitch at home.....so he bats. It's fun to watch.
Granted, I'm not wild about Brett's personal issues, but the Brandon Inge Effect is not logical or rational. It just happens. I don't choose it.
I mean....Brandon Inge, for pete's sake.